Until further notice, access to Homerton Sexual Health is via telephone assessment only
Please ring to schedule a telephone consultation and a member of staff will return your call. Please do not come in to our clinics unless we have advised you to after a telephone consultation. At the moment we are only providing services from the Clifden Centre, Homerton University Hospital.
Access to the Clifden Centre is currently via the gate on Clifden Road at the rear of the hospital site. You will be asked to clean your hands and put on a face mask before entering.
The Emergency Department (A&E) is for emergencies only. A&E services are under extreme pressure at the moment. Please do not attend A&E for sexual health problems.
For information on contraception, click the link below:
The easiest way to get a check-up is to order a testing kit online from SHL - Sexual Health London
We are vetting all appointments in the Jonathan Mann Clinic. Do not attend unless we have contacted you.
Please click the link below for information about appointments, medication and advice for people living with HIV:
If you are on the IMPACT (PrEP) Trial, click the link below for more information:
Please do not attend any of our clinics if you or someone you live with are suffering from fever, a new continuous cough, or loss of taste or smell
We have the tools to prevent HIV
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a way of using HIV medication before sex to reduce the risk of HIV. It has been shown in studies to be highly effective.
It is available through the NHS as part of the IMPACT trial.
For more information on this trial, click here.
We also support people taking PrEP that they have purchased online.
It is essential to have a HIV test before starting PrEP, and to have a check-up for all STIs including HIV every three months. You should also have a blood test to check your kidney function before you start.
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
PEP stands for Post-exposure prophylaxis. It is a 28 day course of HIV medicines that reduces the likelihood of HIV infection after you have been exposed.
PEP can be taken when there has been a risk that you have come into contact with HIV. This can be after unprotected sex or a condom break with someone who is at high risk of having HIV. It can also be taken if you have been sharing drug injecting equipment. PEP is not necessary for everyone who has had an episode of unprotected sex - you can discuss this in more detail with our staff.
PEP needs to be taken within 72 hours of exposure to be of any benefit, though the sooner you start the treatment the more likely it is to be effective.
You can obtain PEP at any GUM clinic or Accident and Emergency Department. Outside opening Hours (weekends and evenings) PEP can be obtained from the Accident and Emergency Department.